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Referral Trackers, What are they and how are they used to earn money?
I first became interested in referral trackers when I asked a question about them in the forum and only received two replies with links to associated hub pages. I started to do research and I found that this is really a difficult subject to describe, because it is abstract, hard to visualize, and it's very easy to have different names for the same thing.
This hub page is an attempt at tying all that information together into one place. If I'm successful in this endeavor, you will learn what referral tracking is all about but were afraid to ask. At the end of this hub I give credit to hubbers whose information I've used as the resource for this hub.
So What is a Referral Tracker?
A Referral Tracker is a special hyperlink that contains a code that is unique to your account so that you can earn money for referring someone to either your hub pages or to someone else's hub page. The format of a referral tracker has three parts.
Part 1 looks like this: "Your domain name. http://hubpages.com."
Part 2 is a variable Tracking Token that is unique to your account. The tracking token is how hub Page's knows that the hyperlink is yours. A default tracking token is created for you when you first create your account. You can also create your own tracking token so that you can keep track of your links. Creating your own tracking token will be described later in this article.
Part 3 is the page that you want the traffic to link to.
A Real Referral Tracker
Here is a referral tracker that will direct traffic to my hub page called What is Citizens United.
Now let's break it down.
My domain is: http://peoplepower73.hubpages.com/
My default Tracking Token is: _h1p6xwngo50r/ Notice the underscore before the h1.This is required for syntax.
My page that I want the traffic to link to is: What-is-Citizens-United
Here is a link that will direct traffic to hub pages tour page which introduces hub pages to the uninitiated and then they can sign up
Note: If you are already signed up to hub pages, clicking on this link will redirect you to your own hub page. However, if you do not have an account, it will take you to the tour page.
Creating a Tracking Token
This video below shows you how to create a tracking token. Please double-click on it to enlarge it and then view it at full screen.
Linking referral trackers to other hub pages
This video below will show you how to link to another's hubpage with a referral tracket so that you can direct traffic to another web page and earn money as well. Please double-click on it to enlarge it and then view it at full screen.
Earning Terms for Referring Hubbers to Other's Hub Pages
If you (Party A) refer someone to another's hub page (Party B), as shown in the video you just viewed, you will receive a percentage of the total impressions. There is no hubbing necessary.
- If the hubber who wrote the hub (Party B) was referred to hub pages by someone else (Party C), you (Party A) will receive 9% of the total impressions
- If nobody referred this hubber (Party B), you (Party A) will receive 12% of the total impressions.
Sorry about the party A and B business, but even I get confused when I read this.
There is a time limit window for this type of referral. If someone clicks on your referral tracker to a specific hub, you are entitled to the traffic referral impressions for 120 minutes. This is because there may be multiple hubbers referring people to a specific hub. No other referral tracker is allowed during that 120 minute window. This is called the "first dibs rule."
Referral Tracker Activity
Below is a screen capture of the Referral Tracker Activity screen. That first column list all the tracking tokens that you created.
- Hubs are currently published Hubs,
- Traffic to Hubs reflects data on all Hubs created by users credited to you whether currently published or not. All earnings from the tracker program are credited directly to your AdSense, HubPages Ad Program, eBay, and Amazon affiliate accounts.
- Traffic views accumulate when somebody that clicked on your tracker views any Hub.
I want to recognize and give credit to the following hubbers whose information I've used as a resource for this hub:
If I have left anything out or there is something that is inaccurate, or confusing, please comment and let me know; or just comment in any case.
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